The Associated PressBRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Manny Pacquiao still disagrees with the unanimous decision that resulted in him losing the WBO world welterweight title to Jeff Horn, despite an independent re-scoring of the July 2 fight, and says he has no plans to retire.
On Monday, the WBO said in a statement that three of the five independent judges who scrutinized the bout awarded it to Horn, one awarded it to Pacquiao and one scored it a draw.
A Philippines government department asked the WBO to review the refereeing and the judging of the so-called “Battle of Brisbane” in Australia after Horn, fighting for his first world title, won a contentious unanimous points decision against Pacquiao, an 11-time world champion.
The review concluded that Horn won seven rounds to Pacquiao’s five.
Pacquiao was subsequently quoted in Philippines’ media as saying, “Let the people judge for themselves ... people saw what happened. We have seen worse judgments in the past where judges manipulated results. Nothing surprises me now.”
The 38-year-old Pacquiao on Wednesday indicated in a Twitter post that he won’t be hanging up his gloves, suggesting a rematch against the 29-year-old Horn, a former schoolteacher, could happen.
“I love this sport, and until the passion is gone, I will continue to fight for God, my family, my fans and my country,” Pacquiao said.
Australian media have reported the rematch could be in November, also in Brisbane.
Mayweather, IRS are old foes
WASHINGTON (AP) — The IRS still has Floyd Mayweather Jr. on the hook for $7.2 million in taxes from 2010, according to records that show a lien as unresolved for the year he fought Shane Mosley.
That’s on top of the $22.2 million the undefeated boxer nicknamed “Money” owes in 2015 taxes, when he earned $200 million for a fight against Manny Pacquiao. He brushed off the tax debt in comments to reporters on Tuesday at the start of his tour to promote an Aug. 26 boxing match against Irish MMA star Conor McGregor.
Mayweather’s public bravado about his wealth doesn’t match up with county records in Las Vegas and his own petition to the U.S. Tax Court in Washington.
A petition filed by Mayweather last week argues that as wealthy as he is, he doesn’t have the cash on hand to pay his debt for 2015. The IRS refused a direct request by the fighter to pay in installments until he is paid for the fight, and the agency said it intends to levy Mayweather.Speech